on 10-05-2021 13:16
Mercedes have always let the drivers race but it's different when drivers are on different strategies, I think they bought Bottas in on that lap to get him out of the way of Hamilton, but Hamilton had already passed him anyway.
Really looking forward to Monaco, could be a very close race, got a feeling it could be a surprise winner - Maybe Norris But watch out for Mazepin
The last Monaco was great if I remember in 2019. Another battle royal with Lewis on worn tyres and Max hunting HIM down. Safety cars etc and Max losing out on 2nd because of an unsafe release in the pits (Never know why the driver has to be penalised for that!).
Mazaspin? What a liability this guy is. FGS! I'm dreading him being there if honest. Not a place for overtaking or any of his spinning techniques
on 10-05-2021 18:44
I belong to a F1 forum on FB. (It's got over 250,000 members and 8 admin so is handled well)
Someone reckoned Mercedes 'were holding Bottas back'.
Of course I felt the need to respond to that.
"Bottas being held back? Did you even watch the race? He lost his 3rd place to Leclerc and only got it back due to a pit stop. They were on different strategies. When LH pitted for the last time, Bottas was 10 seconds behind Max. In 10 laps he never decreased that gap. Then LH comes out of the pits with a 23 second deficit to Max. in TEN laps he had caught and passed both Bottas and Max (despite VB ignoring team orders not to hold Lewis up)
Therein lies the difference. If Bottas, in the same car wants to race, he should stop piddling about, develop a killer instinct and get in the mix. Yesterday he was a complete waste of space, finishing over 20 seconds behind the leading two"
I felt much better after that little outburst.
14-05-2021 00:52 - edited 14-05-2021 01:12
Mercedes have made a complaint about Redbulls (Apprently) bendy rear wing, Hamilton reckoned he could see it moving when Verstappen was in front of him at full speed. The FIA are going to test the rear wings for flex from the 15th June, the tests will now include tests under load - And they didn't think to do that in the first place?
I find it astonishing that with all the teams tech and hundreds of staff, FIA scrutineers, and cameras from every angle that it hasn't been noticed by anybody else except for another driver.
on 14-05-2021 01:22
Yes, poor old Lewis is taking the blame for this complaint which is farcical as it was actually Toto who complained midweek, before the Spanish GP.
All Lewis said (in post race press conference) that now he had the chance to follow Max he could see 'they had this bendy rear wing thing'.
Amazed at Horners response really. This is the guy who complains on a weekly basis about Mercedes or Hamilton.
There's a meme doing the rounds with Horner holding a phone to the FIA and people are adding whatever they like about his complaints. The last one, which made me chuckle, was Horner holding the phone and saying 'Is that the FIA, we demanded rain and didn't get it!'
According to him the bendy wing was passed by the FIA. (I don't think he has ever got over the DAS system on the Mercs last year!)
I think they could be in trouble though as changes to the rear wing which improves the cars aerodynamics has been banned for years.
We also know that the car which we see being tested, is far from the car which ends up on track at the start of the season.
Of course RBR fans are stating 'Mercedes say they love the competition but complain the first chance they get'
What a farce.
on 14-05-2021 15:27
As expected, the Turkish GP has been cancelled, instead an extra race to take place in Austria
A hectic schedule of 23 races although possible doubts over the Singapore, Japanese, US, Mexican, Brazilian and Australian Grands Prix.
All those comprise the whole of October and November's calendar
on 14-05-2021 17:41
Oh No, I was looking forward to Turkey. I can't understand the cancellation if honest. Covid 19 was more rife last year, yet Turkey was put in as a substitute for another country. Let's face it, there was no travel anywhere from the UK last year, yet F1 was given special exemption as it was behind closed doors and each team was in it's own bubble.
Damn and blast!